While we were in California this summer, my husband, who has a far greener thumb than I, became curious about the many plants that were in the courtyard of one of our hotels. Naturally, being on the other coast from where we live, the plants were different--built more for the dry climate of the San Francisco Bay area.
I, of course, had no information. Our conversation led to: "There's got to be an app for that." In the early days of apps, I knew there was one app that we had used it a time or two when we were doing some of our Maryland Park Quest activities--but I had never had great success with it. My husband started doing some digging, and what do you know--there was indeed something newer with high ratings of success: PlantSnap. He downloaded it, and I started hearing all about the African lily, the lavender, and the raspberry blackberries.
It made perfect sense to adopt a techie-approach while in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation. It also was great to have a full database at our disposal while being out and about in the world. Now that we're home, I'm sure we'll put it to good use here too!
Job well done, Eric Ralls (Founder & CEO of PlantSnap and Earth.com). For those of you who want to deepen the shade of green of your thumb, PlantSnap's Blog also has some excellent information and articles! Plus, be sure to check out the videos below.
Video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3EIF4_JSsQ and https://youtu.be/hupQXxIBsIY and https://youtu.be/kytTTIPw8lA; photo & logo from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/plantsnap/plantsnap-identify-plants-with-an-app